Auction 169, Lot 52

"Nova et Accurata Poli Arctici et Terrarum Circum Iacentium Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: North Pole

Period: 1684 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20.7 x 16.1 inches
52.6 x 40.9 cm

This beautiful map, originally published in 1637, eventually replaced Hondius' map of the North Pole and became the prototype for many later maps including those of Blaeu. This map incorporates the discoveries made by Captain Thomas James along the southern and western shores of Hudson Bay in 1631-2. The delineation on Russia's Arctic coast is derived from the information from Willem Barents' exploration of 1596-7. Curving rhumb lines radiate from the North Pole, and several compass roses embellish the chart. A large title cartouche, with two figures and numerous wind heads, conveniently hides the northwest coast of America. The map is further decorated with ships and a cartouche with Jansson’s imprint, which depicts hunters in parkas, a polar bear, and foxes. This is the fourth state of the map, found in Visscher's atlases, with "IV" appearing at top right, a land bridge branching off of Nova Zemla, and a completed coastline to Spitzbergen. Blank verso.

References: Burden #250; cf. Kershaw #105; cf. Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #0020:1C .

Condition: B+

Light scattered foxing.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $800

Closed on 9/12/2018